Kid's Net

MSPCC's Kid's Net program works in partnership with foster, kinship and pre-adoptive families, as well as the Department of Children and Families, to support parents caring for children in DCF custody. For more information, click here to find the MSPCC office nearest you.

Support and advocacy services include:

Kid's Net Connection Helpline: (800) 486-3730

The Helpline is available from 5 P.M. to 9 A.M. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays to help foster, pre-adoptive and kinship families with problems that arise when DCF is closed.


Everyone needs a break from parenting once in a while, and respite is an important way to prevent burnout and disruptions. Family respite is a planned time-out or vacation for DCF foster and pre-adoptive families. Families can receive up to ten days of paid respite each year.

Short-Term Child Care

Planned, short-term, day and evening child care provided in licensed childcare homes is available for foster, pre-adoptive and kinship families. Childcare is available in locations throughout the state to attend to foster care-related or personal business; provide a break from parenting; and to meet other needs that impact the overall stability of the family.

Family Resource Liaisons [FRLs]

FRLs are experienced foster/adoptive/kinship parents who offer information, support and mentoring to other parents.

Massachusetts Alliance for Families [MAFF]

Kid's Net supports the Massachusetts Alliance for Families, the state's foster, adoptive and kinship parent association. Regional chapters meet at least once a year and elect representatives to the MAFF Statewide Board. The Board meets regularly to identify issues that concern foster, adoptive and kinship parents and to plan advocacy with the legislature, DCF and other systems that impact foster care. For more information and/or to become a member, please visit


Kid's Net provides training and regional mini-conferences with topics specific to the issues facing foster, adoptive and kinship families. Many training sessions are offered in conjunction with Area Office support groups. Kid's Net also offers opportunities to attend courses in CPR and First Aid. 

Opportunity to be Heard Project, Guide to Advocating for Foster Children in Court

Foster parents in Massachusetts are legally guaranteed the right to be heard in court during any review, hearing or proceeding held with respect to the children in their care. Kid's Net provides trainings and a guide on how to advocate for foster children in court. 


Kid's Net Training Schedule [September 2014 - January 2015] 


Programs and Services

Kid's Net Directors


Deanna Forist
Phone: (617) 983-5800

Peter Sullivan
Phone: (508) 753-2967

Carol Casey
Phone: (978) 682-9222 or
(617) 447-5417


Donna Stevens
Phone: (508) 775-0275

Ali Weissman
Phone: (413) 734-4978 or
(413) 747-0040



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